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The Errant Charm [CD]

Vetiver Audio CD
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Have you been sitting at that computer all day? You’re overdue for a break. The new Vetiver album, The Errant Charm, is a superb soundtrack for an afternoon idyll. Take a moment to load the record on your mp3 player. Hell, if you still have a Walkman, the whole thing fits neatly on one side of a C-90 cassette tape. Select your favorite pair of headphones, and go for a stroll.

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  • Audio CD (13 Jun 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Bella Union
  • ASIN: B004TMGYO6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,040 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. It's Beyond Me 6:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Worse For Wear 3:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Can't You Tell 4:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Hard To Break 4:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Fog Emotion 3:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Right Away 2:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Wonder Why 3:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Ride Ride Ride 4:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Faint Praise 4:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Soft Glass 4:500.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

While chart pop may continue to trade on uplifting can-do sentiments, trancey synths and lyrics about discos, indie-rock is definitely in a wistful phase. The various sensitive souls that make up the likes of Bon Iver, Elbow, Midlake and Fleet Foxes may not all have beards, but they sound like they do, along with chunky jumpers and a furrowed brow forged by many years of staring into the distant horizon of a leafy sun-dappled field, refusing to wear shades, and sighing a great deal. This, along with the Guilty Pleasures phenomenon, has ushered in a deluge of intelligent, adult soft-rock which sounds exactly like what punk was rebelling against: introspective, melodic, mellow, beautifully played and distinctly Californian.

So Vetiver are perfect for these bucolic, laidback alt-rock times. Led by San Francisco's Andy Cabic - the proud bearer of a beard - and named after a non-narcotic Indian grass, they make records based around gently jangling, mainly acoustic guitars, pop hook pianos, discreet beats and the clean, friendly voice of Cabic, singing wistful lyrics of thinking wistfully about wistful things, like old girlfriends who were, despite things not working out, pretty wistful, too. "Happiness is sad," he sighs on the folky Worse for Wear, summing the fifth Vetiver album up nicely.

He writes wonderful tunes, though, especially when he channels the spirit of Lindsey Buckingham and gives it some serious Fleetwood Mac. And this he does on the shamelessly old-school Hard to Break, Wonder Why and the joyous Ride, Ride, Ride, which manages to locate a missing link between The Mac and The Velvet Underground.

Perhaps the reason why Cabic is able to bring an edge and a humour to this potentially predictable music is an incipient Anglophilia that leads him to name-check the ambient guitar classicism of Vini Reilly's Durutti Column and allow The Smiths and Prefab Sprout to nibble at the corners of this balmy music, keeping it well away from yacht-rock pastiche. And while you do occasionally feel that you are listening to an album-length version of The Connells' surprise 1993 soft-rock hit 74-75, it isn't enough to prevent The Errant Charm from being the ideal album to soundtrack wistful contemplation on balmy summer days.

--Garry Mulholland

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One For The Summer 15 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD
Top marks to Bella Union for putting one of The Errant Charm's standout tracks, "Can't You Tell" on their site recently. I'd never even heard of Vetiver before, but played the track non-stop for days with a smile on my face... and was it just me or did the weather seem sunnier as a result?
The album itself delivers more in a similar vein but throws in a few twists here and there with the rockier "Ride Ride Ride" and the ultra low-fi "Faint Praise", the latter being one of my favourite tracks of 2011 (so far).
It doesn't quite get a 5-star rating as a couple of the tracks are a little under-whelming, but I wouldn't be surprised if these grow on me through the summer as this album will be getting a lot of air-play.
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This is a fantastic new album from Vetiver - it will work for anyone who likes 'modern-retro' guitar sounds such as Will Oldham, Bon Iver, The Coral, Fleet Foxes, The Bees, Gruff Rhys, SFA, Devendra Banhart, and their influences - The Byrds, Neil Young, Velvets etc. But it also has it's hazier "shoegaze" moments that remind me of music like Engineers or early Verve. This is a very dreamy album, less traditionally folky than previous efforts but has lush harmonies and a groove and is right up there with anything else released this year.

And in fact is well ahead of Bon Iver's new album to be honest...
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5.0 out of 5 stars My new album of the summer 2! 14 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD
More beautiful tunes and atmospherics to complement a perfect summer. The Errant Charm finds Vetiver at the top of their game, with a new sound that permeates and unifies the whole album. It's a record that will stay with you and make you miss it if you leave it at home. Andy Cabic and co. are the hidden gems of Sub Pop/Bella Union. Buy now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Effusive. 10 Aug 2011
By Kevin Dyer - Published on
Format:Audio CD
This recording has a collective grasp on everything we want from music--it soars and shifts like the wind--just listen to "Can't You Tell" and see (hear) if you can listen to it just once. It pulls you in, along with a great number of other cuts on the lp, and oftentimes, despite my mood, I end up in a shimmer. Great stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great CD 12 Sep 2011
By Brian Yates - Published on
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The new Vetiver CD The Errant Charm is a very chilled out version of some of their earlier work... except for one or two tracks it's missing some of the more upbeat songs you saw in earlier albums. All in all it's a great album to just hang out with, drive around, etc.
5.0 out of 5 stars Vetiver's best record 22 Dec 2013
By UWSMusic - Published on
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It took a bunch of listens to realize that this is vetiver's best album, and that is saying a lot, since they have a few great ones. So many great tracks with those subtle hooks, great melodies, vocal qualities.... It NEVER gets tired. I have listened to it like 50 times and it doesn't tire at all. Get it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Group for All Ages 2 Feb 2013
By Bob - Published on
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A few years ago someone gave me one of Vertivers debut CD. I waited for awhile to listen to it but I was hooked from that day forward. Every Album I own of theirs gets play time. This album is great from start to finish. I can put this CD on and play it and not have the feeling to jump tracks. It has a fresh romantic sound that works great for any number of occasions. I have a few favorite cuts on the album, but honestly if I'm in the mood to listen to it, it's all good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Euphoria 14 July 2011
By D. Bencuya - Published on
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
A Euphoric, uplifting kind of record, puts you in a good mood and never let go.
Lay on the beach and put the headphones on and I guarantee total bliss.
Indeed the summer record of the year.
Highly recommended.
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